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Though he hasn't appeared on air in quite some time, Roger Ebert has remained very active behind the scenes of his show, Ebert & Roper: At the Movies.

Well, now, the legendary film critic has announced that he is also leaving the show.

In a statement, Roger says:

"After 33 years on the air, 23 of them with Disney, the studio has decided to take the program named "Siskel & Ebert" and then "Ebert & Roeper" in a new direction. I will no longer be associated with it.

The show was a wonderful experience. It was a great loss to me when surgery in July 2006 made it impossible for me to appear on the air any longer. Although I remained active behind the scenes, I feel that Richard Roeper and several co-hosts, notably Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott, have excelled at carrying on the tradition Gene Siskel and I began in 1975 with "Sneak Previews" on PBS.
Gene and I felt the formula was simplicity itself: Two film critics, sitting across the aisle from each other in a movie balcony, debating the new films of the week. We developed an entirely new concept for TV. Few shows have been on the air so long and remained so popular. We made television history, and established the trademarked catch-phrase "Two thumbs up."

The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene's widow, and the thumbs will return. We are discussing possibilities, and plan to continue the show's tradition."

This is an outrage.

Damn you, Disney!

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45 comments to “He's Outta There Too!”

  1. mab says – reply to this


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    first!!!????

  2. eliza says – reply to this


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    first?!!!?

  3. David says – reply to this


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    Now that's just sad

  4. hana says – reply to this


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    awwh.

  5. BaBa says – reply to this


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    He was the best on Howard STern

  6. allis says – reply to this


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    ROGER



  7. 7

    yay for nightmares!!!!

  8. ash says – reply to this


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    1st

  9. phill says – reply to this


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    an icon to our country lost to yet another corporation's bullshit.

  10. hi says – reply to this


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    2nd

  11. alana says – reply to this


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    what!



  12. 12

    those fights with Siskel and Ebert are classic. Iam not watching no more fuck it!
    I want pan dulce mother fuckers!

    Hey Ritha!

  13. Jony says – reply to this


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    12th and the dude looks wierd.



  14. 14

    fuck 'em. disney doesn't have a show anyway, just a marquee name with an absentee "star". ppl haven't tuned into the show in years-because he's not there, and its just not the same without him AND Gene Siskel. Who really gives a shit about Roper? *WHO?* Guess Roger can work on getting his archives together and put together an independent site.

  15. mac d says – reply to this


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    god shoot me if I ever look and get that old!

  16. fLBea says – reply to this


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    Can anyone tell me what surgery he had that took him off the air?

  17. nash says – reply to this


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    nice HILTON (embassy suites) AD ON TOP OF SOME COMMENT PAGES….so if eva's beso & lauren conrad bought ads on your space you wouldn't talk shit about 'em??

  18. ozu says – reply to this


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    Re: fLBea – Ebert has thyroid cancer which spread into his jaw. Several surgeries on salivary glands, tongue and jaw. Very sad that Disney would kick him when he's down, but that's what they do at the "happiest place on Earth.

    The f***ed Peggy Lee when she was in her 80's, in poor health and needed money. She was trying to collect royalties on DVD release of "Lady & the Tramp", since she signed contracts before DVD and internet existed. Michael Eisner made $535 million in one day that same year, but they fought the company made Peggy rack up huge legal fees to fight over a measly 5 million bucks or so.

  19. I SUC says – reply to this


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    i love sucking cock

    cock is delicious

    fuck i want some cock

    FUCK!!!!!!

    FFUUUUUCCCCCKKKKKKKKK



  20. 20

    Good for him! I hope they can get the new show up & running soon, I hope they Ebert & Roeper move to together, I cant wait to see them working together again!

  21. Llli says – reply to this


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    It's no outrage. Ebert owns all the trademarks, refused to let the show use them after he was incapacitated, and so why keep his ass in business? if I ran disney, I'd dump him, too. Roeper couldn't use the two thumbs, and what the hell does ebert have to do with the show anymore anyway? Movie reviews are a dime a dozen- and ebert was biased and arrogant.

  22. jilli says – reply to this


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    Re: ozu – they aren't kicking him when he is down- HE IS THE ONE who refused to let them use any of his "trademarks"- they were being NICE to let him continue in any capacity.

  23. comix says – reply to this


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    roeper sux fat stank hairy ass….. i will no longer watch that efing lame ass show…… er u roper… R.I.P gene

  24. Booya says – reply to this


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    I love him…and I'll miss his pesence on the show.

  25. anono says – reply to this


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    poor guy…i hardly ever agreed with his reviews though.

  26. Wort says – reply to this


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    Hey it was a good show while he was on.Seriously dude you look horrible,just stay home and relax,rest easy ,you were good while it lasted

  27. sad says – reply to this


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    That is so sad. Cancer really took a toll on him. God bless him on his journey.
    I really enjoyed Siskel and Ebert..cant believe Gene Siskel died of cancer. He was still young.
    God bless them

  28. k says – reply to this


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    Re: mac d – How bout just shoot you now you asshole!

  29. meltz says – reply to this


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    Watching this since I was a kid, fuck Disney.

  30. kalia says – reply to this


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    Shows don't last forever, perez. And with Siskel gone and Ebert incapacitated, what is the purpose? It was a good run…he had a long gig, many years of employment–now its time to let it all go. He will still have all the trademarks and such, so no big deal. His show lasted longer than a lot of them. So, quit dissin' on Disney, they do what most studios do and MOVE on. I think you need to do the same, quit bitchin' about it.

  31. Elle says – reply to this


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    Oh THANKS DISNEY!!

  32. jenbu says – reply to this


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    i saw this coming a mile away. ebert hasn't been on the show for years and he's all effed up with several cancers. siskel had cancer too, i think it was in the brain and that's not a good one to have. before the web, siskel and ebert was the top place to get quality movie reviews. i can't thank them enough for telling me and my family which movies to see and avoid when i was a kid. good luck, roger!

  33. Joker says – reply to this


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    That old funny looking goat needs to leave and go home and hide.



  34. 34

    This show MUST stay on in some way shape or form. I've been watching it all the years it's been on. I enjoy hearing the reviews and then seeing the movies for myself and going back to compare. PLEASE come back Ebert and Roeper!!!

  35. NO says – reply to this


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    Nice picture, what the fuck is in his mouth, you didn't draw that in Perez.

  36. Shaz says – reply to this


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    ah, who needs Disney - we'll watch Roger wherever he pops up!

  37. chito says – reply to this


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    How this man has class….always did. Best you dude. Glad to see your mot letting Disney push you around…Screw Disney !



  38. 38

    Yeah, milk some money from that Cyrus idiot while you can, Disney, but stop wrecking things people have supported for years. I loved At the Movies, and I have watched it for so long, I don't remember not watching it. I also bought products advertised there and listened to the reviews. Roger Ebert is the ONLY film critic I have ever respected and whose advice I followed and my friends are the same. I will much rather follow Roger and Richard not whatever Disney does with a movie show. Good Luck Roger and Richard.

  39. becky says – reply to this


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    Perez: Let's get real. If I looked like this man with things inserted inside of my throat or mouth so that I can utter sounds and look SO BAD, I would NEVER expose ANYBODY to having to look at me, I wouldn't even go to the store! I am not kidding! Enough! Don't these people MAKE ENOUGH MONEY through their "careers" to save some in the bank for when they get this way?! He should just…GO AWAY already. I mean it.

  40. Jeff says – reply to this


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    The guy was a terrible critic.

  41. Brad says – reply to this


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    Becky…your comment is idiotic

  42. papev says – reply to this


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    I thought he died like 8 years ago?

  43. Mandy says – reply to this


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    Disney is out of their minds! What do they want, critics that give their crappy movies good reviews?

    No, thank you! I am going to keep sticking with Mr. Ebert, wherever he is going to find a place with his show.

    This is a complete outrage. Ebert is one of the best and most reliable film critics in the United States. Disney is dumbing down its movies and making stars out of people with little to no talent.

    I'm done with Disney.

  44. SUCKS says – reply to this


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    He sucks. Take him out behind the barn and shoot him already. No one wants to see a half dead geek on tv. And what's with the POPEYE?! Shoot him! Put him out of our misery! Things are bad enough in this country with a retard president and all those credit card bills. I have to look at the vision of death! What the fuck? Why not move Perez's ass cheeks like he's talking and review the movie. It's better than this guy. And Disney sucks too!

  45. MCR says – reply to this


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    Who the hell cares about this rich old white dude?